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Evolution has led to flowers and leaves with many different shapes. This variation arose through changes in patterns of gene activity creating different patterns of conflict. By playing Choose Your Conflicts you can get a feel for how varying the type of conflict can produce different shapes. The conflicts are specified by two components. First is how fast some regions are specified to grow in relation to others. Second is the preferred orientation of growth which is set by choosing an orientation of arrows (a polarity field). Computer modelling shows how combination these lead to deformations in shape. You can see how each region deforms by the way circles marked on the initial shape change over time (see also Pottery and plants). If all regions grow at the same rate and direction there no conflict and the shape simply gets larger or stretches.

We collaborated with Norwich based creative digital agency Applin Skinner to develop the online game Choose Your Conflicts (unfortunately the game does not currently work on small devices such as mobile phones).

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modified on 23 August 2016 at 11:05 ••• 859 views